On Tuesday Microsoft revealed its new operating system, Windows 10.
“We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius,” said Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, corporate VP of operating systems, “and now with Windows 10 it’s like we got them a Tesla.”
New Start Menu
Almost every user was excited for the full-screen startup menu of Windows 8 to go away and for the return of the “normal” Start Menu to Windows 8.1. The Start Menu will return to the new operating system together with Live Tiles integration from Windows Phone. You can customise which apps you wish to display on the Live Tiles area and you can choose the Live Tiles to be displayed horizontally or vertically.
Apps will also not be full-screen anymore, unless you want them to be. Windows apps can make way for full-screen apps and this experience will apparently be carried across all devices. How Windows 10 plans to make this transition seamless is still left to be discovered.
New Task View
The new Task View button sits next to the search button in the task bar so it is quick and easy to find. By clicking on the button you are able to have a quick overview of all the open apps in a particular Windows environment. You are also able to view other desktops that you are using along the bottom of Task View and jump easily between virtual machines.
Continuum is a feature that can automatically change mode if it detects there is no keyboard, which means that it will allow you to seamlessly switch between devices.
Other New Improvements
There is a new Snap Assist feature which will help you snap windows into new screens and tile Windows. A new command prompt will feature keyboard shortcuts, which will make it possible to paste in your commands.
Windows Explorer is getting a revamp too and will have new features like a Share button on the Windows Explorer taskbar.
No news as to a release date for Windows 10, except that we can expect it in 2015 after Microsoft’s Build conference.
For the first time ever, Microsoft are making its preview code available to users. You can download the Windows 10 technical preview through the new Windows Insider Programme (when it becomes available). Be sure to only download the preview on a non-critical machine as technical preview operating systems could be unstable and cause the system to crash.